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Friday, July 13, 2007

‘Damn, That’s Really Good Wine’

posted by on July 13 at 13:06 PM

A cut-n-pastiche from the Guardian and the Seattle Times:

The last guests at the barbecue in the Capitol Hill neighbourhood of Washington were savouring the remains of a very fine bottle of Chateau Malescot St Exupery when a robber appeared in their midst, and held a gun to the head of a teenage girl.

“He said: ‘Everyone give me your money or I am going to start shooting. I am very serious about this’,” Michael Rabdau, the girl’s father, told the Guardian.
After what seemed an eternity, another guest offered the robber a sip of the bordeaux they were drinking. “He tasted the wine, and said: ‘Damn, that’s really good wine.’ And it really was,” Mr Rabdau said. The guests offered him a glass, and then the entire bottle. The would-be robber helped then himself to a piece of camembert.
“I think I may have come to the wrong house,” he said, looking around the patio.

“I’m sorry,” he told the group. “That’s really good wine,” the man said, taking another sip. “Can we have a group hug?” The five adults surrounded him, arms out.

With that, the man walked out with a crystal wine glass in hand, filled with Château Malescot.

In the alley behind the home, investigators found the intruder’s empty glass on the ground, unbroken.

“When asked what wines he liked to drink he replied, ‘That which belongs to another.’” — Diogenes Laertius writing about Diogenes the Cynic, the first philosophical clown.

The Cynic was also a forger and a thief and, obviously, the D.C. wine-robber’s hero.

Another story Diogenes L wrote about Diogenes C:

Plato defined man thus: “Man is a two-footed, featherless animal;” and was much praised for the definition; so Diogenes plucked a cock and brought it into his school, and said, “This is Plato’s man.” On which account this addition was made to the definition, “With broad flat nails.”

Plato hated clowns.

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Are you *FUCKING* kidding? A GROUP HUG??

Posted by Kate | July 13, 2007 2:18 PM

This proves how we Seattleites are the Nicest People in the World. Here ob Capitol Hill if you see a robber you hug him (or her!) Wonderful!

Posted by Lars Nativson | July 13, 2007 7:33 PM

Not here -- D.C.

Posted by the other capitol hill | July 13, 2007 9:42 PM

How incredibly gracious of the guests to offer that cad wine. I may have been less gracious and asked him to leave (You know, after I dove under the table).I guess Washington, DC is more civilized than Michigan.

Posted by lawrence clark | July 14, 2007 12:43 AM

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